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108th Tennessee General Assembly adjourns for the year

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108th Tennessee General Assembly adjourns for the year

April 17th, 2014 4:28 pm by LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, Associated Press

State lawmakers concluded a session Thursday in which they approved measures to allow folks to buy wine in grocery stores, fight methamphetamine production and give high school graduates free tuition at community colleges.

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ATF investigating fatal explosion at Tennessee ammunition plant

ATF investigating fatal explosion at Tennessee ammunition plant

April 17th, 2014 7:29 pm by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press

A special investigative team of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is looking into an explosion at a Tennessee ammunition plant that killed one person and injured three others Wednesday night.

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U.S. stock market ends higher as earnings pour in

U.S. stock market ends higher as earnings pour in

April 17th, 2014 6:23 pm by ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writer

A batch of U.S. company earnings drove stocks mostly higher on Thursday. The major stock indexes shifted between small gains and losses ahead of their scheduled close for Good Friday.

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Obama shows skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

Obama shows skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

April 17th, 2014 4:26 pm by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United States and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its commitments.

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House passes bill to allow electric chair in Tenn.

House passes bill to allow electric chair in Tenn.

April 17th, 2014 7:43 am by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

The bill would keep lethal injection as the preferred method for executions, but would allow the electric chair if the state were unable to obtain the necessary drugs or if lethal injections were found unconstitutional.

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Homesick felon reportedly robs bank for return to prison

Homesick felon reportedly robs bank for return to prison

April 17th, 2014 7:35 am by MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press

Living alone and feeling unhappy, the 74-year-old decided to change his situation by robbing a bank. He then allegedly waited on police in a nearby parking lot, raising his hands and startling officers by his apparent joy at getting nabbed.

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Tennessee House OKs report to delay Common Core testing

Tennessee House OKs report to delay Common Core testing

April 16th, 2014 9:21 pm by Associated Press

NASHVILLE — The state House has voted to adopt the report of a special committee that recommends the testing component of Tennessee's Common Core education standards be delayed a year.

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Did a German shepherd get called to jury duty?

Did a German shepherd get called to jury duty?

April 16th, 2014 7:49 pm by Associated Press

BRIDGETON, N.J. — Could this prospective juror take a bite out of crime? Cumberland County, N.J., has summoned IV Griner to jury duty. The only problem is that IV is a 5-year-old German shepherd.

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Some workers exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

Some workers exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

April 16th, 2014 7:30 pm by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.

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Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines

Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines

April 16th, 2014 7:25 pm by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer

NEW YORK — Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business.

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New SAT: What will those questions look like?

New SAT: What will those questions look like?

April 16th, 2014 6:41 pm by KIMBERLY HEFLING, AP Education Writer

The College Board released the sample test questions on Wednesday, offering clues to how the revised college entrance exam, taken last year by 1.7 million students, will look when it rolls out in 2016.

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